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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
    • POSTnotes: Proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board.
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Poverty in the UK: statistics
Published Friday, June 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07096
This note sets out information on the levels and rates of poverty in the UK, including historical trends and forecasts for future years.
Income inequality in the UK
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7484
This briefing paper looks at trends in income inequality in the UK over the last 50 years.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
Labour market statistics: UK regions and countries
Published Monday, April 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7950
This paper gives an overview of labour market statistics across the UK’s regions and countries. The spreadsheet published alongside this paper includes a ‘profile tool’ where you can select a region and see all data for that region presented in tables and charts.
Brexit reading list: economic, business and transport policy issues
Published Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7830
The Commons Library has compiled, from a wide range of sources, a selection of analysis and comment relevant to the UK's forthcoming withdrawal from the European Union.
Millennials
Published Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7946
Millennials are the generation of people now in their young adulthood. Roughly aged between 25 and 34. Millennials make up 13.9% of the total UK population.
ECO, the Energy Company Obligation
Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06814
This Commons Briefing paper sets out the details of the Government’s Energy Company Obligation scheme that provides funding for energy efficiency measures for difficult to treat homes and the homes of ‘those most in need.’
Social Mobility Commission, State of the Nation report
Published Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0099
There will be a debate on the Social Mobility Commission State of the Nation report. This will take place in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 23rd March.
Fuel Poverty
Published Monday, March 20, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0098
A General Debate on 'Fuel Poverty' will be held in the House of Commons Chamber on Tuesday 21 March 2017. The subject for the debate has been chosen by the Government.
Spring Budget 2017: A summary
Published Friday, March 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7919
A summary of Spring Budget 2017 and the Office for Budget Responsibility's forecasts for the economy and public finances. This briefing now includes detailed discussion of changes to National Insurance contributions for the self-employed and the tax-free allowance for dividend income.
Spring Budget 2017: Background briefing
Published Friday, March 3, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7913
The briefing sets out the background to Spring Budget 2017 which will take place on Wednesday 8 March 2017. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) will publish revised forecasts for the economy and public finances on the same day.
Future Energy Efficiency Policy
Published Monday, February 27, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0550
This POSTnote outlines the benefits and costs of future improvements in energy efficiency across various UK sectors. It then describes the barriers to energy efficiency measures, outlines options for future energy efficiency policy and summarises analyses of the effectiveness of different policy options.
Poverty in the Liverpool city region
Published Monday, February 27, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0064
A debate will be held on poverty in the Liverpool city region in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 1 March at 2.30pm.
Child Poverty in the UK (Target for Reduction) Bill, 2016-17
Published Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7891
This briefing has been prepared ahead of second reading on the Child Poverty in the UK (Target for Reduction) Bill 2016-17, scheduled to occur on 3 February 2016. This Bill is a Private Members’ Bill (Ballot Bill), sponsored by Dan Jarvis MP.
Savings (Government Contributions) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, December 22, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0072
This Lords Library briefing provides information on the Savings (Government Contributions) Bill (HL Bill 85 of 2016–17).
Child Poverty
Published Friday, December 16, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0256
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on a Child Poverty to take place in Westminster Hall on 20 December 2016 at 2:30pm. The subject for the debate has been chosen by Dan Jarvis MP.
Effect on equality of the Autumn Statement 2016
Published Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0251
MPs will debate the effect on equality of the Autumn Statement 2016, on Wednesday 14 December 2016. This will be an Opposition Day debate. This House of Commons Library briefing provides a background summary and also press and parliamentary coverage.
Pensions and pensioners' incomes: Social Indicators page
Published Wednesday, December 7, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02657
A summary of trends in pensioners' incomes.
Household food insecurity measurement in the UK
Published Friday, December 2, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0238
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on household food insecurity measurement in the UK to take place in Westminster Hall on 6 December 2016 at 9:30am. The subject for the debate has been chosen by Emma Lewell-Buck MP.

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